I Love My Church

I Love My Church: Belonging

January 11, 2015

Jim Nicodem

Today we’re celebrating our 30th anniversary—and we’re kicking off a 4-part series (I Love My Church). This series is going to focus on our mission.

Maybe you’ve never thought of a church as having a specific mission. You understand that a baseball team should have a mission; a business should have a mission; a political party should have a mission; an army should have a mission… But a church?

Well, I want you to know today: that CCC has a clear-cut mission. Our mission shapes every thing we do: every weekend service, every ministry, every special event of our church. Our mission is why we’ve grown from a handful of people—to over 5K in the past 30 years. The people who get the most out of CCC are the people who are fully participating in our mission.

So…what’s our mission? Well, it’s nothing that we made up ourselves. It comes directly from words that Jesus spoke to his earliest followers—just before he returned to heaven.

The mission is spelled out in Matthew 28:19, 20—Jesus’ final words on earth. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

Go and make disciples. Our mission—at CCC—is to make as many people as possible into fully devoted followers of Jesus (disciples), both in our local community and around the world. We believe that people’s eternal destiny depends on their willingness to surrender their lives to Jesus as Savior and King—which makes our mission an extremely urgent one.

There are four aspects of disciple-making that we’re going to cover over the next four weeks. The first is what we call belonging. That’s today’s topic

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